From this..


To this..I finally finished it last night.  I wanted the colours to be stronger, the contrasts greater, more representative of Sam alive than as a memory – I felt I was being a bit careful, almost precious before.  Little things have been added – there’s roses in her hairband, and the red of her lips was from a picture of Kate Moss in a red see-through dress, her nose smoothed out.   But it’s all a balance – I’m now looking at her eyebrows thinking there’s a big contrast between the black of the first picture and this one.  But that could be the different light and the camera as I haven’t changed them, possibly the photo sucking in the matt density of the paint rather than the charcoal – her face also looks whiter, except it isn’t..however I can’t control the urge  to go and check all these points out…sometimes the hardest thing is knowing when to stop..

Laters, Kate x

P.S. More information about the history of this picture here.


  1. dievca

    I know there is one piece, but it would be so cool) to have a photo series of the progression of the piece. XO
    PS. the best part, of course, is that it has been created with LOVE. Art created with love brings good karma to everyone.

  2. fabrickated

    It has an ethereal quality that is appropriate for someone lost, and so very tragically. How wonderful to be able to express your love and grief in this way. Thank you.

  3. jackiemallon

    You’re gorgeous, Lady! The subject of the portrait a gorgeous lady too. You did her and yourself proud! Now step back, Your work here is done 🙂 XO!